Aperture iOS app hinted at in Apple job postings

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Apple's Aperture team is looking for managers, user interface engineers and software coders who have experience operating in the iOS environment, possibly signaling that the company is developing an iDevice-centric version of the high performance photo editing program.

An AppleInsider reader who wishes to remain anonymous was sent an email on Friday from an Apple corporate recruiter asking if they were interested in taking on a Cocoa coding position with the Aperture team. The reader points out that one of the job's key requirements is "experience in programming for iOS."

The email is consistent with a series of postings that popped up on the "Jobs at Apple" website over the past week that show possible interest in creating a companion iOS app or a mobile version of the Mac maker's photo editing and management software. If a dedicated app was indeed launched it would be the first of Apple's professional-level programs to have a presence on iOS.

One advertised listing titled "Aperture- Software Engineering Manager" was posted on Thursday and calls for an experienced individual with leadership skills who can "help shape a new generation of tools for advanced photo management and manipulation." What is interesting about the position is that it requires "recent hands-on development experience with MacOS or iOS" and experience with various coding languages used in Apple's mobile platform.

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Apple's Aperture photo editing software could get its own iOS app. | Source: Apple


Apple has released a variety of in-house iOS apps though most have been stripped-down or reworked ports from the iLife and iWork software suites. Most recently the iPhone maker launched an iOS version of iPhoto alongside the third-generation iPad in March, complete with multi-touch capabilities and Retina Display support. The app sold one million copies in less than ten days and continues to be one of the App Store's best-selling products.

Other Apple programs taken to iOS include iMove and Garage Band while iWorks' Keynote, Pages and Numbers have been on iDevices since 2011.

While the iPad is not seen as a professional-level computer, companies like Adobe have dabbled with releasing advanced products that interface with processor-intensive desktop counterparts. The company recently released launched two new iOS apps when it introduced Creative Cloud in May, further integrating mobile devices into its professional design workflow.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    ttollertonttollerton Posts: 152member
    So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....
  • Reply 2 of 28
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    I wish they'd replace Photos with iPhoto.

  • Reply 3 of 28
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,562member
    IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!
  • Reply 4 of 28
    enzosenzos Posts: 344member


    Not overkill at all; it would be welcomed by a great many pro-/hobbyist photographers who would like to incorporate an iPad into the process. The iOS iPhoto app is great but, as an Aperture user, my photo libraries (versions and albums) are in Aperture (not iPhoto) format and I for one would like to be able to use a complementary program on the iPad. 

  • Reply 5 of 28
    kingkueikingkuei Posts: 137member
    I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.
  • Reply 6 of 28
    Uh huh. Let's make an iOS Aperture when OS X Aperture is getting quite long in the tooth compared to Lightroom 4. About the only feature that is still superior in Aperture is the cataloging. I'm beginning to question Apple's commitment to the professionals who kept it afloat in the 90's.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    jlanddjlandd Posts: 873member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KingKuei View Post



    I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.


     


    Just sent my second crash log of the night with 3.2.4   :  (


     


    An IOS version would be nice but the house isn't really in order back home.

  • Reply 8 of 28
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    ttollerton wrote: »
    So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....
    Not at all. Good, Better, and Best is how they do their HW so having 3 apps that add more advanced features at a higher cost might be suitable. I assume the cost is fairly low and it won't be too confusing.

    I wish they'd replace Photos with iPhoto.
    I don't see it replacing Photos on iOS but I would like there to be an default app settings in Settings that could allow users to replace their Photos app with iPhoto, Mail with some 3rd party mail app, Safari with a 3rd party browser app, etc.

    The latter allows Apple to grow developer and user interest by giving a nugget of freedom by simply adding a UI for a new API that would allow these tie ins. They already do many of these things with the Twitter API.

    The former would keep the non-technical users from being confused as easily about which app they need for a service (which is something I've experienced with everyone I bought the iPhoto app for) and would allow their Home Screens to be cleaned up by hiding these subsidiary apps, if they choose to, like how the Nike+ app.

    IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!
    That's an interesting thought and I think it will eventually happen as the iPad becomes a more common primary computing device for many users, but I think it's at least a couple years off.

    jlandd wrote: »
    Just sent my second crash log of the night with 3.2.4   :  (
    FYI: If you want to use a text emoticon without using that space and without it showing up as a image placeholder you can wrap one of the characters in the "normal" size mark-up. I use TextExpander to quickly input a great deal of complex formatting without spending any time doing it.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    I suppose this at least means Aperture is still part of the picture. Any chance we might get an announcement on Monday?
  • Reply 10 of 28
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,400member
    kingkuei wrote: »
    I'd much rather they bring out Aperture 4.

    I can create a long list with new features I'd like to be added. The current version is, as of today, 28 months old. Older than the Mac Pro, and look at those long threads!

    I understand they have their priorities and secrecy, but a word on a delay, like Leopard due to iPhoneOS1.0 would be nice.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,400member
    stevenpj wrote: »
    I suppose this at least means Aperture is still part of the picture. Any chance we might get an announcement on Monday?

    Certainly hope so, it's a software event after all. Then again, Steve has introduced new hardware at AllThingsD.
  • Reply 12 of 28
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member

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    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

    Then again, Steve has introduced new hardware at AllThingsD.


     


    When?

  • Reply 13 of 28
    conrailconrail Posts: 489member

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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    IMHO This is all pointing to a much larger iPad one day!




    And a camera that shoots in RAW format too.  Otherwise, Aperture is sorta useless...

  • Reply 14 of 28
    akacakac Posts: 510member


    I only shoot in RAW. I just prefer the extra depth in color range to work with.

  • Reply 15 of 28
    shaun, ukshaun, uk Posts: 1,050member

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    I'm beginning to question Apple's commitment to the professionals who kept it afloat in the 90's.


     


    That bus left the station way back I'm afraid. If it ain't prosumer they ain't interested anymore.

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  • Reply 17 of 28

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    That bus left the station way back I'm afraid. If it ain't prosumer they ain't interested anymore.



     


    I know. I just keep hoping maybe they'll suddenly decide to refocus even a tiny bit of their now obscene resources to the pro arena. I still have a little Aperture 4 wish list in my Stickies- hope springs eternal and all that.

  • Reply 18 of 28
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    conrail wrote: »

    And a camera that shoots in RAW format too.  Otherwise, Aperture is sorta useless...

    Raw in a phone camera? Does anyone offer that? Does it provide a significant benefit for phone camera use?
  • Reply 19 of 28
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,262member

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    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post





    Raw in a phone camera? Does anyone offer that? Does it provide a significant benefit for phone camera use?


    The newer 2012 HTC Android phones offer camera RAW support, as does that new LAVA Intel phone. There's probably others.

  • Reply 20 of 28

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    Originally Posted by ttollerton View Post



    So, just to confirm... Photos, iPhoto, AND Aperature all on iOS? Three photography apps? Doesn't that seem like overkill. I would imagine Apple just plans to beef up iPhoto....


     


    Just to confirm, you obviously have not clue about Aperture. It is anything but high-powered in its current state. LR 4 utter blows it away. Apple is a good generation or two behind. Many pro shooters have already made the switch. In short, you're wrong....

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